5 Science Experiments That You Can Do in Your Own Backyard

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1. Traveling Water

Gather two cups, scissors, colored water, string and tape. You’re about to make water travel from one cup to another by way of a string. Make sure you try it outside (or somewhere where messes won’t matter) and be sure to use food coloring so you can see the water. Cut some string, get it wet, and squeeze out extra water. Tape the string to the bottom of one empty cup, fill the other cup with the water, and hold the string inside the lip of the filled cup. Keeping the string taut, hold the full cup above the empty cup at an angle. Slowly pour the water down the string into the empty cup. The water molecules bond, making the water stick as it travels down the string.

2. Make Flowers Change Color

Get some glasses filled with water, white flowers, and food coloring. This one is easy and would make a nice gift for mom on Mother’s Day. Just put food coloring in the water, add the flowers, and let them sit overnight. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can split the stem of one flower and put it into two different glasses so you’ll get two different colors.  What you’re seeing is the process in which liquid moves within a plant and sticks to the surface of something. As the colored water travels up the stem of the flower and into the petals, the dye allows you to see what happens when the water reaches the surface.

3. Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano

Get yourself 1/4 cup vinegar (or up to a cup if you have a large bottle), 2 tablespoons baking soda and cherry Jell-o granules. Place the vinegar in the bottle. Stir the baking soda and enough cherry jello mix to make a pinkish powder. Wrap the soda mixture in tissue paper or use a funnel to add it directly into the bottle of vinegar. The idea is to get the baking soda into the vinegar as fast as you can. Voila! There you have an erupting volcano.

4. Homemade Slime

Get ready! You’re about to find out what is in slime and how it’s made. You’ll need white wood glue, borax powder, food coloring, water, a measuring spoon, two empty containers, and an airtight container where you can keep your slime. Put one tablespoon of glue into a container and mix it with another tablespoon of water and a tiny drop of the food coloring. Stir it with a stick or another spoon. Mix one teaspoon of borax powder with one tablespoon of water into another container. Pour the borax solution into the other container, and mix it with your colored glue mixture. Mix the two solutions together, and you’ve been slimed!

5. Learn to Make a Cloud Jar

Just get a glass of colored water, a glass with clear water in it, shaving foam, and an eye dropper. Squirt shaving cream on top of the clear water. Carefully transfer the colored water into the other jar using the eye dropper and it will actually look like it’s raining as the shaving cream cloud gets too heavy and can’t hold the water any more.

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